Beneath the Surface

Jupiter, Lightning and Invisible Lights @ Pasadena Museum Of California Art
Video shot and edited by Jeremy Eichenbaum
*uploaded by NASAJuno on Jan 20, 2012

Dan Goods, Visual Strategist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, created this installation which consists of a large cloud that hides infrared lights. Infrared light is invisible to the naked eye, but is visible to many cell phone cameras. Just as the Juno mission uses special detectors to peer through the clouds of Jupiter and reveal the depths of its storms, you can "see" lightning storms underneath this dynamic surface.

The cloud is created using regular tap water which is turned into a very dry mist by ultrasonic misters. The tiny ceramic discs vibrate so fast that they vaporize that water. Small computer controlled fans blow the fog around the room. In addition, computer-controlled infrared security camera lights are synched to the sounds of thunder and lightning.

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Special thanks to Justin Gier (technology development), Jeremy Eichenbaum (video and editing), and Trenton McElhinney (music).

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